20 Mile Walk for Cancer Care

Year 7 student, Charlie, has raised a staggering £1710 for Newbury Cancer Care, his House charity by walking to Hungerford and back.

Former Curnock House Head, Mike Hart, gave an assembly at the start of term, encouraging students to raise money for Curnock’s chosen charity which assists local people facing cancer diagnoses. Charlie decided he would do his bit by walking 20 miles and asking for sponsorship.

Charlie set off from home, with his mother and cocker spaniel Bertie before 9am, arriving in Hungerford in time for lunch. They set off on the return journey to Newbury at 1pm and, determined to see the Christmas lights switched on in Newbury at 5pm, they somehow found the energy to run for the last 10 minutes!

Charlie’s Just Giving page has received £855 worth of sponsorship and his mother, who works for Vodafone, will be able to get match funding for the pledges.

His efforts have made Charlie quite a local celebrity with a piece in the Newbury Weekly News and a radio interview planned on Kennet Radio’s drive time programme.

Mr Hart, who issued the challenge to students, said “Well done Charlie, you are a Curnock Hero. You really stepped up to the mark with this walk, raising so much money in the process. A fantastic effort! Congratulations Charlie!”

Charlie, who remained upbeat and excited all day, was thrilled to have outdone his own personal best step count, with over 56,000 steps racked up over the course of the day. Despite being tired and suffering sore legs, inspirational Charlie arrived back in School on Monday morning with a smile on his face, ready for Dance rehearsals! Well done Charlie on this fantastic achievement.